By Associated Press - Friday, July 24, 2015

LONDON (AP) - Scholar and priest Owen Chadwick, whose works explored the history of Christianity over two millennia, has died at the age of 99.

Chadwick’s family said in a death notice in the Telegraph newspaper that he died peacefully at home in Cambridge, southern England, on July 17.

Chadwick studied at Cambridge - where he also played rugby for the university - and spent much of his career in the academic town. He was master of Selwyn College between 1956 and 1983 and university vice-chancellor from 1969 to 1971.

Chadwick was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1941 after experiencing a religious awakening partly inspired by imprisoned anti-Nazi German cleric Martin Niemoller.

He went on to hold professorships in both ecclesiastical and modern history, a relatively unusual feat.

Chadwick’s first book, “John Cassian: A Study in Primitive Monasticism,” looked at the early centuries of Christianity, but much of his work focused on the post-Reformation period.

His many books included “A History of Christianity,” ”The Reformation,” ”The Victorian Church” and “The Secularization of the European Mind in the 19th Century.” With his brother Henry Chadwick he oversaw the 16-volume “Oxford History of the Christian Church.”

Chadwick’s wife Ruth died earlier this year. He is survived by their four children.

His funeral will be held Aug. 3, followed by a memorial service at a later date.

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